As another day of Egyptian protests began Wednesday, both President Mohammed Morsi and Egyptian military leaders vowed a fight to the death as the deadline for Morsi to step down approaches.
On Tuesday evening, Morsi gave a fiery, impassioned televised speech refusing to step down as he “declared his right to serve out his term as the first democratically elected president in Egypt’s long history,” McClatchy News reported.
Morsi swore to stay in power, “even if “the price is my blood…my life,” the article said.
Egyptian military officials responded with a Facebook post on its wall vowing to die in defense of the people against Morsi.
“We swear to God that we will sacrifice even our blood for Egypt and its people, to defend them against any terrorist, radical or fool,” the message, entitled “Final Hours,” read according to the Washington Post.
“The posting quoted Gen. Abdul Fattah el-Sisi, Egypt’s top officer, as saying ‘it was more honorable for us to die than to have the people of Egypt terrorized or threatened,’” the Post reported.
This call to arms from both sides has inflamed the millions upon millions of protestors in the streets of Egypt.
The pro-Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood members are taking up arms and forming their own security force, with some saying they are prepared for martydom, McClatchy said.
Anti-Morsi protestors claimed Morsi was “delusional” in his speech, and vowed to continue calling for his resignation, the Post reported.
President Obama said earlier in the week that the U.S. would not take sides, but according to the Post, the administration is urging Morsi to “be responsive to protesters’ concerns.”
The article noted:
The White House said Obama spoke with Morsi by phone on Monday and “stressed that democracy is about more than elections; it is also about ensuring that the voices of all Egyptians are heard and represented by their government, including the many Egyptians demonstrating throughout the country.”